THE LOST CATACOMB
THE LOST CATACOMB is an intoxicating blend of Vatican thriller and heart-rending love story, set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in Italy. In this stunning debut novel, a beautiful young art historian flies to Rome to assess a newly discovered catacomb of enigmatic provenance. Its magnificent frescoes hold the clues to a centuries-old murder and the existence of a fabled treasure from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. Assisted by a handsome Italian archaeologist, the two are quickly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and peril, masterminded by a powerful priest who is determined to destroy those who would reveal the dark secrets of the past. And as the heroine uncovers layer after layer of this deadly past, she is brought face to face with shocking facts about her own family history--facts that will forever change the course of her life.
As historical conspiracy fiction whose multiple timeline moves seamlessly across the centuries, THE LOST CATACOMB explores the theme of loss--lost lovers, lost identity, lost treasure, and their mysterious connection to the lost catacomb itself.
"A marvelous book -- thrilling and literary. A compelling depiction of the Vatican, with its profound mysteries and troubling ties to the Holocaust, riveting action, and a tender love story that will appeal to a wide audience."
--Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul
"Set in Italy during three vividly described periods . . . The Lost Catacomb is a thoughtful and erudite yet fast-moving thriller about archaeological and personal discoveries. "
--Sarah Johnson, Reading the Past
"The author of The Lost Catacomb embraces her genre of historical-conspiracy thriller with gusto . . ."
--Candida Martinelli, Italophile Book Reviews
"What is particularly impressive is the intimate knowledge the author seems to have of the hierarchical structure of the Vatican and the way it is run, as well as with aspects of the archaeology, art and history of Rome. The characters, both good and evil, come alive, and the reader is treated to a roller-coaster ride of suspense mingled with murder and mayhem as the secrets of the past are unraveled before our eyes."
--Dorothea Shefer-Vanson, author of Time Out of Joint and Levi Koenig, Jerusalem Post Blog